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Pelé desperate to exorcise Brazil's defeat and loss of the World Cup to Uruguay in 1950

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 06:38 UTC
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“There is no doubt: Brazil can avenge the 1950 World Cup with a win at home”, said the great striker “There is no doubt: Brazil can avenge the 1950 World Cup with a win at home”, said the great striker

Brazil's Pelé, the legendary attacker believes that his country's national team has the ideal opportunity to exorcise the demons of their 2-1 infamous loss to Uruguay at the Maracana 64 years ago, more precisely 16 July 1950.

 The 2-1 defeat at the Maracana 64 years ago remains one of the most painful memories in the country's long and proud sporting history, even though the Selecao have since lifted the trophy a record five times.

Speaking alongside several members of Luis Felipe Scolari's current squad, Pele admitted that he is desperate to see his beloved Brazil exorcise some demons this summer.

“There is no doubt,” the 73-year-old told Telefoot. “Brazil can avenge the 1950 World Cup with a win at home.”

Coach Luis Felipe Scolari announced his 23-man World Cup squad last week and did not spring any surprise selections, though experienced internationals Robinho, Ronaldinho and Kaka all missed out.

David Luiz has no doubt that Brazil has the drive and the talent to propel itself to World Cup glory.

“We want to show the world that we are a great country on every domain,” the defender said. “The Brazilian culture is to give people love and happiness whenever they come to our country. We can and we will do it. I believe in my teammates, in my coach and in this extraordinary team.”

Chelsea's Oscar said that the Selecao's primary concern is coping with the pressure of bringing joy to an entire nation.

“The main threat against Brazil is Brazil,” the attacking midfielder said. “The Brazilian people are helping us. We all want to win the World Cup. We only think of winning. If we do, Brazil will stop, there will be a two-year non-stop party.”

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  • ChrisR

    Come on Uruguay!

    2:1. You can do it again.

    Don't you just love winding Brasso up?

    May 12th, 2014 - 11:58 am 0
  • BOTINHO

    Now, now ChrisR-

    In the spirit of sportsmanship, please. Brasil is the host country of the World Cup after all.

    Or, are you just being charitable and merely voting for the underdog ?

    May 12th, 2014 - 07:35 pm 0
  • La Patria

    If it was for the underdog, we'd be voting for England in the groups stages against Uruguay and Italy.
    But maybe Woy's tactics of using youth may work?
    I still see Suarez doing well in this tournament and then off to Real Madrid for £100m.

    May 13th, 2014 - 12:02 am 0
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